Kite

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Kite Reconnaissance Vehicle
Production information
Manufacturer Trellshire Heavy Industries[1]
Manufacturing Plant SFF-NG1[1]
Manufacturing Plant SFF-SH2[1]
Production Year 3105[2]
Mission Reconnaissance[1]
Artillery Spotting[1]
Type Hover[1]
Technical specifications
Mass 30 tons[1]
Armor Forging AM15 Ferro-Fibrous[1]
Engine Fuel Cell 140[1]
Speed 151[1] km/h
Communications System Neil 9000 with Angel ECM Suite[1]
Targeting Tracking System RCA Econotrac with Light TAG and Active Probe[1]
Heat Sinks 1[1]
Armament

2 x SRM 2[1]
2x AP Gauss Rifles[1]

BV (2.0) 671[1][3]


Description[edit]

Capable of scouting, providing ECM cover and calling in artillery support from other units, the Kite Reconnaissance Vehicle was marketed as an all-in-one solution by Clan Sea Fox. The Kite was a successful replacement for the aging Odin, whisper-quiet even when moving, easier to maintain and cheaper to both purchase and operate.[1]

The Kite was designed to track up to five priority targets with full telemetry, but the excellent sensor suite was capable of traking more than a Trinary of independent targets and offered exceptional performance when it came to rooting out hidden units, performing noticeably faster than other units. The Neil 9000 communications system made tracking the Kite a frustrating experience, while the Kite could use a combination of its high mobility and five and a half tons of ferro-fibrous armor to protect itself from damage if the ECM/ECCM systems failed to deter or defeat attacks, calling in artillery fire all the while. The Armored Motive System built into the Kite helped keep the vehicle mobile and functioning.[1]

The Sea Foxes sold the Kite to other Clans in the Inner Sphere as well as to Inner Sphere nations such as the Republic of the Sphere, producing Kites from their factories on Twycross, Ingersoll and Shimonita.[1]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The Kite mounted a pair of Tau-II Anti-Personnel Gauss Rifles and a Light TAG system in its turret; installed on the front of the Kite were a pair of Pattern Alpha SRM 2 Launchers. Stores inside the body of the Kite was a ton of ammunition for each pair of weapon systems.[1]

Variants[edit]

There were no variants of the Kite in service by 3145.[1]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Kite was subject to the following Design Quirk:[1]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Technical Readout: 3145 Mercenaries, p. 26-27, "Kite Reconnaissance Vehicle"
  2. MUL online date for the Kite
  3. Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 25

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